Thomas Jørgensen

Thomas Jørgensen

  • Commented on What happens now?
    Basic logic also says that ex-whatevers remain impeachable, due to the doctrine of "Very stupid legal tricks have no place outside fiction", and if resigning your post or running out the clock mooted impeachment proceedings, that would be a very...
  • Commented on Covid on Mars
    The limit on population growth on a colony is child care and education, not wombs. Nobody is going to want semi feral unsupervised kids running around, that is a good way for population growth to go abruptly negative. And if...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    People who depend on cheap cars today are depending on the second hand market. That is what makes most electric options look so very unaffordable - The tech is too new for there to be much of a second hand...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    One thing I absolutely would include in any near future set novel is 2020 era electrics.. retrofitted with later batteries. Assume one of the players working on solid state lithium crack it. That results in cheaper, much longer lived.. and...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Home solar only decreases grid requirements where air-con is a major - and peak - load. That is Australia sure enough, but a grid which has peak load now - like the one I am using - literally sees zero...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The alternative to DU is tungsten. Tungsten has animal testing that shows it to be really quite astonishingly carcinogenic, in particular in the forms you would exposed to when it is used in ammo. As in "The researcher refused to...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Not to mention that politics is an entirely sane and reasonable objection to putting your power production in another country you do not have an absolutely rock solid relationship with. RE: Uranium ammo: It is still in use because the...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    You are conflating safety and waste management concerns. All reactors have to contain fission and decay products in the event of accident. This is not what anyone refers to when they speak of nuclear waste as a problem, that refers...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    Those are not a waste problem. They are what you need to contain in the event of an accident, which is an entirely separate issue, and one which a salt-reactor handles by just not having them leave the salt on...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    The thorium breeding cycle has less long lived waste, because it does not produce much in the way of transuranics - a very long chain of captures-but-not-fission events has to happen to get any, which means the only things in...
  • Commented on Submarine coming through!
    There is a frighteningly common disconnect here - Wages are demand, modulo some bells and whistles involving the state and its printing presses, but terrifying numbers of politicians and lobbyists work tirelessly to suppress wages, and those same politicians are...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    No, a European would say "Because it is cheaper, and lumber does not go bad nor out of fashion". An ongoing supply line does not care much how long it takes, but it does matter how much it costs, and...
  • Commented on So you say you want a revolution
    The issue with amtrak is that it shares rail with freight, and freight takes priority. Even on what would be the natural routes for passenger rail in the US - the seaboard cities, the lines are about freight. Which is...
  • Commented on Dead Lies Dreaming: Spoilers
    It is not the composition, it is the size and thickness of the panes. Ancient glass is blown, which puts an upper size on how large it can be, while modern glass is poured out onto a bath of molten...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The contract for difference expires at the 35 year mark, and since Sizewell currently looks like it is happening, 89 (2013 pounds). And yes, this entire financing model is nuttier than a squirrels winter hoard, but if you are going...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Well, that was terribly phrased now that I read it again. Okay, the construction cost is an expense to EDF, the strike price is an expense to rate payers, which is set where it is so that EDF can repay...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Gasdive, you do not get to count the construction cost and the strike price which repays that strike cost both, that is straightforward double counting....
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Capacity factor, Moz. Hinkley is projected at well over ninety, Benban is 26% of nameplate. So, 16 billion for the equivalent actual output, which is- applying the same correction - slightly worse than Hinkley. And also far, far better than...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Mostly, you are handwaving balance of plant costs away far, far too easily. Let us look at a recent, very large solar plant. Banban solar park, which is in Egypt, which means it has a solar resource ridiculously superior to...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    No. The issue with solar is that overall production counter-correlates with demand on a month by month basis - if you build enough to power the UK in winter within the UK, you will not have a customer for three...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Nah. The linear-bends only construction of the tesla truck is Tesla trying to make it as easy as at all possible to build. Because bending a thick steel plate along a fold is much, much easier than shaping it into...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    The horrible blue light bulbs are the suppliers meeting the demand of a very specific niche - Blue light is optimal for photosynthesis, and a lot of the demand for "Actually sufficiently bright" light bulbs is from people wanting to...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Conservation efforts generally have one of two outcomes for industry - either it results in a more efficient industry, which then grows larger, often to such an extent that total energy use goes up, not down, or it results in...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Hydrogen transport is a massive pain in the neck. Storage in bulk is doable, a large steel tank with thick walls works fine, but moving it about means it leaks all over the place. Hydrogen->Ammonia->World Market should already be a...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Given how very hacky the writers for the serial Earth, 2020 are, at this point I am putting way too high odds on the recounts revealing massive fraud.. by the republicans. As in "the polls were fine, the count was...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    Hinkley C is scheduled to cost 92 2013 pounds per mwh. The overwhelmingly most likely further nuclear power in the UK is "More of those". "More of those" will be cheaper in two ways: The first, and simplest, is better...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    This is a colossal scale error. Solar irradiance of the earth exceeds human energy use by a factor of around 10000. Waste heat will thus not move average temperatures on a global scale even if you assume the entire planet...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    It is not so much the technical limits as it is the economic ones - Nuclear power plants change fuel on a schedule set years in advance, the operators are paid the same no matter how much power the plant...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    If you look at the time series of gas power in the UK it becomes really obvious that what is actually happening is that whenever intermittent sources do not suffice, the UK burns more gas. Also, that this is happening...
  • Commented on Countdown to Crazy
    I suspect the various offerings of more moderately sized reactors are aiming at the industrial heat, and the combined heat and power markets. Currently, most heating is supplied by gas, which is obviously not long term viable. For people living...
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